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Arizona State Sun Devils vs Utah Utes Pick & Prediction, Sat Oct 16 10:00 PM

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Utah continues to endure a challenging season in a variety of ways, both on and off the field.

The Utes' off-the-field challenges are going to linger all season. Their next obstacle on the field comes in the form of No. 18 Arizona State, which visits Salt Lake City for a Pac-12 matchup on Saturday night.

After winning its last two games, Utah (3-2, 2-0 Pac-12) finds itself a half-game behind Arizona State (5-1, 3-0) in the Pac-12 South Division. However, the story of the Utes' season to this point unfortunately is one centered around tragedy.

Utah safety Aaron Lowe was shot to death at a postgame party on Sept. 26. Nine months earlier, Utes running back Ty Jordan died as a result of an accidental gunshot wound. The team traveled to Texas on Monday to attend Lowe's funeral.

Two days earlier, on Saturday night, Utah visited USC and knocked off the Trojans 42-26. The Utes scored 35 of the first 45 points and held on for their second straight win following a crushing overtime loss to San Diego State.

"To see just their sheer enjoyment, and that's the best way to describe it, they obviously had Ty and Aaron on their mind, and it's gonna be a constant the rest of the season," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said after the win over USC. "But to see them have the success they had tonight was great, and I think this team needed that. I know they did."

Arizona State coach Herman Edwards has taken note of the way Utah's coaches and players have handled a difficult campaign.

"I can't speak for them or their situation, but I have been in situations like this as a former player with teammates," Edwards said. "It brings a different side to it. I think it brings a lot of reflection. I think they've done a great job through this. Today hopefully they'll have some closure to it. Coach (Whittingham) has done a good job of being a voice, speaking to young men. That's important. I think they have handled it well."

Cameron Rising threw for 306 yards and three touchdowns in the win over USC, which certainly caught the eye of Arizona State in its preparation for this week's contest. The Sun Devils have allowed 14 points or fewer in four of their six games and held Stanford to 13 rushing yards in a 28-10 triumph last week.

Meanwhile, Edwards' squad ran for 255 yards, led by Rachaad White (13 carries, 96 yards, TD) and quarterback Jayden Daniels (13 carries, 76 yards, TD). White leads the team with 421 rushing yards and has nine of the Sun Devils' 21 rushing TDs.

"When you run for 200-plus, you're going to win a lot of games," Edwards said. "It was fun to watch the runners run."

On the other side of the ball, Arizona State defensive end Tyler Johnson was named the Pac-12 defensive lineman of the week after recording five tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and two sacks against Stanford.

Utah has won 15 of its last 16 home games, including a 21-3 victory over Arizona State in the last meeting between the teams in 2019.

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
Arizona State Sun Devils
26
27
Utah Utes

Arizona State Sun Devils vs. Utah Utes

Zack Moss rushed for 99 yards and a pair of touchdowns, becoming Utah's career rushing leader and lifting the No. 13 Utes to a 21-3 victory over No. 17 Arizona State in rainy Salt Lake City on Saturday.

Moss earned the school record on his second touchdown, a 32-yard sprint that gave Utah its final score with 5:24 left in the fourth quarter. He has 3,264 career yards.

Tyler Huntley threw for 171 yards and an interception on 12-of-19 passing before exiting with a leg injury in the fourth quarter. Utah (6-1, 3-1 Pac-12) won its third straight game and beat the Sun Devils for the first time since 2016. The Utes also earned a valuable tiebreaker in its quest for a Pac-12 South title.

Eno Benjamin ran for 104 yards on 15 carries to lead Arizona State. The Sun Devils (5-2, 2-2) could not get much going in the passing game. Jayden Daniels threw for 25 yards and an interception on 4-of-18 passing.

Arizona State finished with 136 total yards and averaged just 2.7 yards per play, failing to take advantage of four Utah turnovers.

Utah's defense dominated from the opening kickoff, holding the Sun Devils to 42 yards and two first downs before halftime. It helped offset a pair of fumbles that killed Utah's first two drives on offense.

The Utes finally got on the board early in the second quarter with a 10-yard run by Jaylen Dixon off a fly sweep. Moss then punched it in from a yard out to give Utah a 14-0 lead with 1:08 remaining in the half.

Arizona State finally got on the board midway through the third quarter with a 40-yard field goal from Cristian Zendejas. The Sun Devils could not manage more than three points despite recovering a fumble from Huntley at the Utah 18.

Chase Lucas gave Arizona State another short field on the next possession when he intercepted a pass from Huntley near midfield and returned it 22 yards to the Utah 28. Bradlee Anae sacked Daniels for an 8-yard loss on third down to take the Sun Devils out of field goal range and force a short punt.

The Utes put the final nail in the coffin by recovering a muffed punt at the Arizona State 32 in the fourth quarter to set up Moss' second touchdown run.

--Field Level Media

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